Bafana Bafana vs Tunisia: Who has more wins in H2H matches in AFCON?

Bafana Bafana vs Tunisia: Who has more wins in H2H matches in AFCON?
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Let's take a look at the head-to-head records of Bafana Bafana vs Tunisia in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) as these two sides are set to once again lock horns later this month in the continent's most important football competition.

The Bafana Bafana of South Africa will face the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in matchday three of the AFCON 2023 tournament in the Ivory Coast. The match will be played at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo on 24 January 2024.

Bafana Bafana AFCON 2023 analysis

Bafana Bafana finished first, second and third in the 1996, 1998, and 2009 editions of the African Cup of Nations. Since then, the South African senior national football team has disappointed in the competition.

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South Africa failed to qualify for AFCON 2021 having failed to make it past the qualifying series. Nonetheless, Hugo Broos will look to rally his troops past the group stage in this edition of the tournament with a potential table decider against the Tunisians.

Bafana Bafana will open their campaign against Mali on 16 January, before taking on southern neighbours Namibia in matchday two on 21 January. Three days later, they will conclude their Group E skirmishes against Tunisia.

We'll like to remind you that South Africa have won or drawn 16 of their last 18 matches.

Carthage Eagles of Tunisia AFCON 2023 analysis

Led by coach Jalel Kadri, the Carthage Eagles will look to repeat the memorable campaign they had in 2004 where they emerged champions of this competition.

As clear favourites to top the group, Tunisia will attempt to defeat Bafana Bafana and go a step further to reclaiming the AFCON trophy with enough quality on their side to be African champions.

They will begin their Group E campaign against Namibia on 16 January, before taking on Mali in round two on 20 January, and then closing up the group with the all-important game against South Africa four days later.

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It's worth mentioning that Tunisia have won or drawn 6 of their last 7 matches.

Who has more wins in Bafana Bafana vs Tunisia H2H matches in the AFCON?

It's important to point out that Bafana Bafana have made 11 appearances in the African Cup of Nations with their first one dating back to 1996. Tunisia, meanwhile, have appeared 21 times with their very first appearance coming in 1962.

These sides have met a couple of times in previous years with results balanced between them: 3 wins apiece in 6 meetings.

However, the Bafana Bafana vs Tunisia fixture in the African Cup of Nations was first played in the 1996 edition of this tournament where Mark Williams scored a brace as South Africa defeated the Tunisians in the final to claim their first and only AFCON title.

Both teams met two more times in the competition in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

The head-to-head record between Bafana Bafana and Tunisian in the AFCON tournament reads 2 wins for Tunisia, and 1 win for South Africa. This means that Tunisia has more wins in H2H AFCON matches.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

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